Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns: Nutmeg Loungewear Set

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Name: Nutmeg Loungewear Set

Brand: Colette Patterns

Description: Loungewear set includes a light bralette with ribbon straps and back tie, along with a brief pair of low cut French knickers (version 1). Tap pants with a pointed yoke are longer and sit at the natural waist (version 2). Both tap pants and knickers are cut on the bias and have elastic waistbands for an easy, comfortable fit.

Format: PDF

Skill Level: Intermediate

Techniques Involved: Sewing lingerie elastic and sewing on the bias.

Sizes: 0-18

Recommended Fabrics: Lightweight fabrics with drape, such as silk charmeuse, crepe back satin, silk crepe de chine, silk habotai, voile, cotton lawn

Price: $12

WIN A COPY OF THIS PATTERN! Have you sewn lingerie? Have you used lingerie elastic? Have you sewn with silk charmeuse, crepe back satin, silk crepe de chine, silk habotai, voile and/or cotton lawn? Share your tips, questions, successes (or learning opportunities), favorite tutorials, links to posts about your lingerie sewing experiences, etc. Your comment enters you to win a copy of the Nutmeg Loungewear Set pattern.

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125 Responses to Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns: Nutmeg Loungewear Set

  1. Michelle says:

    I’ve never made anything like this before ( my mum used to make knickers in a factory years ago ) but was an avid wearer of French knickers and cami suits in the late 80s. You can’t walk in to a shop and buy these things any more. I’d so love to try this pattern.

  2. crystalpleats says:

    I would love to give this pattern a try.

  3. jenny says:

    I’d like to try to sew loungewear!

  4. Megan says:

    I’ve never tried sewing anything like this.

  5. Trish says:

    I’ve only sewn with drapey dressmaker-type fabric once, and was so frustrated! But since then I have improved my sewing skills and have become better friends with my machine and would Love a chance like this to make some beautiful lingerie like these (they look comfy and sexy, too!) My husband would definitely encourage this craft time, I’m sure! 😉

  6. mjb says:

    I’d love to try! I have plenty of supplies accumulated.

  7. Marissa says:

    I’ve never tried, but I’ve wanted to for a long time.

  8. marci says:

    I have tried to sew underware, I failed. I made a slip that was OK. I would love to try this pattern.

  9. Roxanne says:

    I have never (ever, ever, ever) sewn lingerie but I’d love to try!

  10. Janet says:

    I’ve never made undies, but have been thinking of trying.

  11. Dita says:

    I’ve never sewn lingerie before! I’d like to know how to stabilize thin fabrics like silk charmeuse, chiffon, etc so that it won’t bunch up when sewn.

  12. Karen B says:

    I have sewn one set of lingerie, out of a pretty horrible polyester satin. I would love to try again with a fabric I would actually enjoy wearing.

  13. Mel says:

    It’s been awhile since I’ve sewn slippery fabrics, but I have more patience and experience now, so I’d love to try again.

  14. Kat H says:

    I’ve been experimenting with sewing my own underwear, making a pattern from a pair I already own. So much fun playing with different fabric and colour combinations!

    I’d love to try the Nutmeg set, I’ve had my eye on it for a while, it’s so adorable. 🙂

  15. paloma says:

    I would love to try this pattern. I haven’t sewn anything like it before

  16. Angela says:

    I’ve sewn my own underwear – which was really fun. I’m kind of a Colette groupie, so I’d love to try this pattern!

  17. Nancy says:

    I sew all my underwear. It’s the only way I get a bar that fits well. Bra Makers supply is a good source of info and patterns. I’ve seen Nutmeg before and would love to try it!

  18. Amber says:

    use tissue paper underneath between fabric and machine to help stop fabric from getting sucked down by the feed dogs

  19. krystina says:

    The tip above about changing the needle plate is genius, thank you!

  20. Clair McL says:

    I have never sew lingerie; but this set us gorgeous & I have had my eye on this for an age!

  21. Margo says:

    I have sewn my own underwear, but nothing so nice as this lingerie set!

  22. Kristin H says:

    I’ve made one pair of undies for myself with some jersey and some ruffle fabric and they turned out really well! I have also make a pair of little mini-bloomers (another colette pattern) that I really like.

  23. Patricia says:

    I have never sewn lingerie or used fine fabrics before but would love to try! Then I might understand why lingerie is so very expensive??

  24. brandi says:

    I have never seen lingerie but my sister and I were talking about it just the other day.

  25. Sara says:

    Great timing- as I’m ready to start my first lingerie project.

  26. diane says:

    Yes I have sewn w/Lingerie elastic. It just flows thru a bobbin case so smoothly, much unexpected. Voile scarves are my favorite gift to make. It’s been a while since I’ve sewn w/Crepe De Chine or Crepe back Satin but don’t be afraid to try these classy fabrics. I’m amazed at how elegant they feel and ease of sewing on any machine.

  27. Gina S. says:

    I would love to try it. Seems like i never make anything for myself.

  28. Gwen says:

    I’ve not sewn anything like this before but would love to try

  29. Margaret Jones says:

    I’m just beginning to sew underwear. It is a real leaning experience. But it is loads of fun.

  30. Geni Arthur says:

    My best tip for sewing with any light weight fabric is to use a straight stitch foot and needle plate (with only a small hole for the needle). The zigzag plate allows the fabric to get sucked down by the feed dogs, even with a super fine sharp needle.

  31. BJ Marley says:

    I have sewn lingerie a very long time ago. I don’t have any tips.

  32. Suzie says:

    I haven’t sewn with drapey silk, but did use dupion to make my wedding dress. At lot easier to handle I would imagine! I have a few beautiful Liberty silks in my stash that would be perfect for this pattern!

  33. Bekk says:

    Ive sewn my own knickers before and I’d love to sew more lingerie as I absolutely love wearing my homemade knickers.

  34. marjolein says:

    i’ve sewn lingerie but only with jersey, not the luxurious kind as mentioned here….

  35. Jess Z says:

    I have never sewn lingerie before, but I have sewn various silks, voiles and cotton lawns before. I inherited quite a bit of lingerie elastic and would love to give this a try!

  36. Rachel says:

    I don’t have experience sewing with these types of fabrics nor lingerie, but would love this pattern to be my first.

  37. jeanine says:

    I’ve not sewn any of those things, but the set looks fun!

  38. Sarah says:

    I have made underwear, camosile tops and full and half slips and long underwear, but not bras. Thanks for the chance!

  39. Ruth L says:

    As a teenager with a strict clothing budget, I once had a disastrous sewing experience while trying to see a bra. After seeing the prices of bras in the department store I decided to try to duplicate one on my own, especially since I would only need just a few small scraps of fabric. Well, you can just imagine all the ways this went terribly wrong! Needless to say, I eventually gave up and purchased ready-made lingerie. – Fast forward several decades and I have recently discovered the joys of sewing lingerie for yourself! I would LOVE to have this pattern to try out and I assure you, my skills have come along way since that first attempt in high school!

  40. Catherine says:

    I’ve been meaning to try lingerie sewing, I would love to start with these.

  41. Heather says:

    Love this set – especially the knickers. Learning to sew with lingerie elastic was a great skill to add -such a comfortable and easy waistband for half slips, tap pants.

  42. Grammy4Jaybird says:

    I’ve only sewn boxer-style and yoga-style waist pj shorts. I’ve found silky fabrics difficult to sew with. I think it’s the tension I need to adjust. Learn as you go on cheap fabric…..

  43. michelle says:

    I am working my way into lingerie sewing however I think things would be much simpler with a Colette pattern having personally made a dress with huge success from the range. I just have to overcome my fear of sewing elastic first

  44. Beth B. says:

    After a frustrating bra-shopping trip today, I’m back to thinking it would be better to sew my own! I’ve made undies but no bras yet.

  45. Virginia says:

    A new field for me, but something I would love to try out!

  46. Jess says:

    @Jodie – nice idea. 🙂

    Haven’t sewn any, but I found a source for latex-free elastic with a fair amount of options, so just that made me want to try it.

  47. Sara says:

    I would love to win this pattern, made a couple of pairs of undies and cami tops using cotton stretch and fold over Elastic, and it has been on my list of an area of sewing I’d like to delve into a little more. Xx

  48. Colleen says:

    Never sewn lingerie, but have links to several patterns online and even some to knit. Would love to get started!

  49. LOVE this pattern! I usually cut up old T-shirts to make cute underwear but I’d love to try using something a bit more classy with nicer fabric. This pattern would be a great place to start~

  50. Sox says:

    I have sewn underwear, but never lingerie. And lawn but not silk.

  51. Jodie says:

    I have sewn with silk crepe de chine and I found a tutorial on soaking the fabric in a gelatine mix and letting dry before cutting made the fabric stiff enough to handle easily and once it was all sewn up you just wash again and the gelatine comes out leaving the fabric soft and silk again! Magic!

  52. Alessandra says:

    Never sewn lingerie but I’d love to try it!

  53. San says:

    I’ve never sewn lingerie, but it’s something I’d love to learn.

  54. Rachel says:

    I haven’t sewn lingerie yet but it is on my to do list.

  55. Karen says:

    I love this pattern. It is so cute. I have never sewed lingerie but would like to try with this.

  56. Stacy Peart says:

    I haven’t made any lingerie yet but I’d love to!

  57. Mel says:

    I haven’t sewn lingerie yet – I’m thinking maybe it should be my next challenge.

  58. Thyssly says:

    I have never sewn lingerie and I’d love to try 🙂

  59. laura says:

    I have not sewn with any of these fabrics… YET! But am dying to start sewing my own bras. I bought a kit and just have to get up the nerve. Sewing up a nutmeg would be a great way to get over the activation energy!

  60. Alyssa Sorenson says:

    Love Colette patterns, I haven’t been brave enough to sew lingerie, besides a pair of knit panties. Love this style.

  61. Aura Oriano says:

    I’ve wanted to take the plunge with sewing lingerie and have earmarked several undies patterns. The Nutmeg caught my eye ages ago, so I’d love to win! Great giveaway!

  62. Mandi says:

    I have not sewn lingerie, but would love to give it a try. How do you get the top to fit just right? I’m small around the ribs, and have large breasts for my frame. So, what can I do to be sure I get the right size? (I don’t have a dress form.)

  63. Judy says:

    I have never sewn lingerie and I didn’t even know that there was an elastic just for lingerie. I would definitely like to try sewing lingerie.

  64. Bonnie Larson says:

    Gorgeous. I would love to tackle this pattern. Thanks so much for sharing

  65. Amber says:

    I recently made a little cami/undies set. After trying to make my own pattern and failing miserably, I found the pattern in Fabric by Fabric- One Yard Wonders. It turned out great! I actually made a second pair of the panties with some stretch lace. I would love to try out this simple bra though since that looks a little bit trickier.

  66. Christina R. says:

    I’ve sewn with cotton lawn, and recommend using a smaller needle, such as 11/75. Cotton lawn fabric is more delicate than quilting cotton. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome pattern!

  67. debbie becker says:

    Hi All,
    Well, this may make many of you laugh, but of all the fabrics mentioned in the article, I’ve only sewn with voile and lawn. Guess I’m not all that adventurous, but I’d love to give the Nutmeg pattern a try. I have learned to not be afraid of things just because I’ve read how difficult they can be and this has definitely given me a “personal” wardrobe style!

  68. sangeetha says:

    I am soooooooooooooo scared of sewing lingerie – but would definitely like to give it a try

  69. sarah says:

    I’ve never tried, but I’m eager! 🙂

  70. Miet says:

    I have never sewn lingerie before, but I’d love to try it, with the right pattern. Never sewn with silk either, but I have used cotton voile before and had no issues with it.

  71. Shannon P says:

    I have sewn a few pair of undies with knit jersey and lingerie elastic. I have seen so many lovely homemade bras though I think I will have to try that next!

  72. Amanda Renea says:

    I have not done any sewing related to lingerie, but I hope to someday!

  73. Terry D says:

    I have never sewn lingerie or worked with silky fabrics, but it’s on my to do list. This looks like a great pattern to start. Thank you!

  74. Very cool! Yes, I’ve attempted to sew lingerie but it didn’t turn out looking this good! http://jenyjenny.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/no-bustle-nana/

  75. Sue says:

    I’ve never sewn lingerie before. Would love to try this pattern !

  76. Eva winter says:

    This pattern is just beautiful. I’ve had a few forays into lingerie but nothing that turned out wearable. I’d love to give it another go now I’ve learnt a lot more.

  77. Claire Cooper says:

    I always said I wouldn’t sew underwear. But now I’ve had more experience sewing I see it as a challenge, this looks like the ideal set for a first lingere make. I really need to up my game and have a go at sewing this type of garment and this one is so cute.

  78. sarah says:

    wow these look so cute. i have yet to venture into lingerie sewing but this looks like a worthy project.

  79. Lingerie has been on my list for a while now but somehow I haven’t plucked up the courage to tackle it yet…..
    I’ll be watching closely for tips.

  80. Jenna says:

    I love this pattern! I have not yet sewn lingerie but I would like to…

  81. Jenny says:

    I haven’t sewn lingerie but with the current heatwave here in the UK I would love to make that set for the hot evenings/nights.

  82. MelodyJ says:

    I have never made lingerie? What is the best fabric to start with?

  83. Jess says:

    I have seen some awesome patterns in this series! I’ve never sewn anything like this. Honestly, I didn’t even know a pattern for this existed. I’d love to try it out, though.

  84. Shannon says:

    I haven’t sewn with any lingerie materials, what a great learning opportunity!

  85. Tas says:

    Oooh, sewing lingerie is up there with sewing swimwear. Scares the heck out of me. But then so did sewing with knits a few years ago so I really should just take a leap of faith and give it a go.

  86. Ruby dee says:

    I have been wanting to try pjs and would love to try this pattern!

  87. Kaye says:

    Oh how nice! Would really like to try my hand at lingerie. Thanks for a chance.

  88. Megan says:

    I’ve never tried sewing lingerie, but I definitely want to try.

  89. Jodie says:

    Love Collette Patterns…excellent instruction and lots of helpful hints! I’ve never sewn lingerie but I know their pattern would be the perfect place to start!

  90. Ali M says:

    I have a pair of underwear I cut out months ago and they seem to not want to get sewn together… I have sewn some with cotton lawn, but that’s about it. My sewn lingerie so far consists of floor length long sleeves nightgowns. Classy 😉

  91. Serena says:

    I’ve made a slip from silk charmeuse and it is wonderful. All slips should be made from silk charmeuse!

  92. Jane S. says:

    I’ve never sewn lingerie or sewn with any nice lingerie fabrics. The only thing that comes close was when I was in seventh grade Home Ec class and we made pillowcases out of nylon tricot. Not exactly a luxury fabric!

  93. Chloe says:

    I have sewn with voile and lawn before, but never lingerie and never the other fabrics! I would love to try!

  94. gayle says:

    I have never made lingerie or used the elastic. Only fabric from above that I have used is cotton voile and lawn. Love the stuff. It sews like a dream, takes ironing, very light weight but not fragile. I machine wash and dry it. Light iron if wanted. Still holding up for three summers now. Good stuff.

  95. Becky says:

    I haven’t made lingerie yet, though I have a couple of patterns to try. I did attempt silk charmeuse once. I’d like to try again with a better-suited pattern.

  96. Emily says:

    I haven’t sewn lingerie but I have sewn with voile and lingerie elastic.

  97. Heidi G says:

    I’ve never made lingerie as I’ve just been sewing for just over a year. It would be an awesome challenge though!

  98. kate C. says:

    I haven’t tried any of that, but this looks like it would be a cute pattern to try it on!

  99. Heidi says:

    This would be a first… But I’d love to try it!!

  100. Ann says:

    I have eyed thispattern for some time. It is lovely! I havebsewn with cotton lawn and it is so nice to work with. It makes a big difference to remember to use the correct machine needle.

  101. Tricia says:

    I have never sewn lingerie before but this pattern looks like a great starting point.

  102. Mama Lusco says:

    I haven’t seen lingerie yet. I would love to try!

  103. Catarina says:

    Beautiful pattern!

  104. melissa h says:

    I have never sewn lingerie but this set looks beautiful!

  105. melissa e says:

    Ive never sewn under garments. Colette is so helpful with their patterns, I wouldn’t be afraid to try

  106. Emilie says:

    I would say that when sewing with charmeuse, either pin within the seam allowance or don’t pin at all (if you’re a sewist who knows how to do that).

  107. Sarah says:

    I have never sewn lingerie and it makes me nervous to think about trying! That being said I am up for the challenge!!

  108. Cat says:

    I have been thinking of lingerie/lounge wear for some time… But I would prefer a lawn or a voile, a silk would feel like too much, I think.

  109. I’ve sewn swimsuits, but not undergarmets. I’ve been thinking about starting off with panties for my daughters.

  110. Nicole says:

    I’ve fallen in love with sewing lingerie! It’s fast and you can use high end fabrics since the patterns use little yardage. My favorites are sewing silk underwear (here’s a tutorial for sewing picot lace elastic: http://www.nicoleathome.com/2014/06/tutorial-sewing-picot-elastic-on.html), but I have also made Colette’s Cinnamon slip in a lovely nude silk crepe (tutorial for a small bust adjustment here: http://www.nicoleathome.com/2013/12/cinnamon-slip-in-silk-with-small-bust.html). I’d love to try out this fun bralette and tap pant set!

  111. Nicole says:

    I have never sewn lingerie or with those fabrics. I have sewn a lot of cotton bags, and this could be an opportunity to try something new.

  112. Brenna says:

    I’ve been wanting to sew some pretty loungewear. These are so pretty!

  113. Karen says:

    I absolutely LOVE this pattern. I have never made lingerie but with a pattern as cute as this would love to try!

  114. Karen says:

    I have been wanting to make lingerie, and this pattern is lovely. Thanks!

  115. meredith says:

    I have not yet had a chance to sew lingerie or work with any of these delicate fabrics.

  116. anna gerard says:

    I haven’t, but totally want to. Just so i can sew everything i wear!

  117. Peg G says:

    Really like the trifecta top. Not only night clothes but great camie tops for summer or under those v necks in the winter!

  118. alana says:

    I’m new to sewing lingerie. I’m working on Colette’s free bloomers pattern in voile and plan on making Gertie’s slip. I’d love to make up the bralette. Thanks!

  119. Stacia says:

    This is a type of sewing that I have never tried but have been dying to try. This seems like the perfect pattern to just jump in and learn with because the end result is so pretty!

  120. Anna K says:

    I’ve sewn with crepe de chine but not lingerie before!

  121. Julie says:

    I have made several things out of voile and lawn. I prefer lawn as it is just a little more sturdy. I have loved this set from Colette for a long time, and I would love to give it a try!

  122. Liz says:

    I have been dying to try this pattern for years…

  123. Elizabeth says:

    I have sewn with silk charmeuse and all I can say is that Sullivan’s fabric stabilizer was a life saver!

  124. Jennifer says:

    I love this pattern! I think it would be a great first introduction into lingerie sewing!

  125. Emily P says:

    I just started sewing my own underwear and its a blast! Today I used clear elastic on a pair of sheer panties. Totally cute!

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